The Moby Dicks
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The Moby Dicks


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S/T CD (Mammoth Cave Recording Co.)
"Ballad of the Red Dog" 7" (Mammoth Cave Recording Co., 2009)
"Spiders" 7" (Southpaw Records, 2011)
Split 7" w/ The Browns (Handsome Dan Records, 2011)



The Moby Dicks features one-of-a-kind frontman/songwriter Joel Butler (also of Myelin Sheaths), singing and pummeling his stand-up scrap-yard “drum-set” built out of a small tom duct-taped to a floor tom with some kind of cymbal taped to the larger tom, providing a snare-like effect. When asked about his drum set, Butler says he only made use of them because they were free, borrowed indefinitely from a local emo band, adding, “I doubt they would want them back.”

The original Moby Dicks lineup featured bass player Johnny Little, who, according to popular mythology, was “taller than Shaq,” and the five-foot-nothing Emily Diemert playing guitar. While this lineup was visually arresting, both members relocated at the end of summer, with Diemert fronting Silver Dapple in Montreal and Little simply disappearing one day.

In this incarnation, the Moby Dicks made their Calgary debut with a visible Sled Island spot at Tubby Dog with the Hazard Lights, and later with fellow Lethbians Endangered Ape opening for Nobunny at Broken City. At both of these showcases, the Moby Dicks became instant favorites, known for stealing shows with catchy songs and hilarious banter.

With his entire band gone, Butler decided to employ Endangered Ape bassist Paul Lawton (also of Myelin Sheaths) and Endangered Ape guitarist Evan Van Reekum. Though replacing your entire band might seem like a risky move, it has become clear from recent Calgary shows that the band has become more consistent and has even gained some punch.

The future is bright for The Moby Dicks, with long tours scheduled for March and July 2011, new 7"s on Southpaw Records (California) and Handsome Dan (Calgary).